Fun Family Events in Ottawa in July

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The summer months are almost here and July in Ottawa and the surrounding areas is filled with family-friendly activities and events! We are sharing some with you that will help make those hot summer days even more memorable.

Fun Family Events in Ottawa in July

Final Chance to See Canadian Impressionism

The special exhibit at the National Gallery Canada and Impressionism: New Horizons hosts over 100 pieces from 36 artists focusing on impressionism in Canadian art. This exhibit is only here until July 3, so if you were thinking about going you don’t want to wait! Also, after your visit, it may be a great time to enjoy a bite to eat outside at the Tavern at the Gallery patio.

Big Bang Festival Is Back In-Person

The National Arts Centre’s popular family event for kids – Big Bang Festival – returns on July 2-3 and this time they are offering many in-person activities to enjoy! Visit the sound installations, watch a rock concert for little ones and more. We love that so many of these activities are free!

Visit the Ottawa Makers Festival

The Ottawa Makers Festival on July 16th at the St. Laurent Centre showcases local makers and innovators. Visit the exhibits and displays (tickets required but they are free. Pre-register online) and be amazed by the showcase.

Check Out the Carivibe Food and Music Fest

On July 24th, Carivibe is hosting a Caribbean Food and Music Fest on York St. in the Byward Market (near the Ottawa sign). This free Ottawa in July event is happening from 12 pm until 8 pm. Get more details and stay up to date on all Carivibe events on their Facebook page and stay up to date on all of their upcoming events!

The Glengarry Highland Games

In Maxville (East of Ottawa), the annual Glengarry Highland Games is once again hosting family-friendly activities all weekend long on July 29th to 30th. There will be piping bands and dancers, a petting zoo, puppet show, face painting, a bouncy castle, musical entertainment and more. Tickets are required for the event (children under 12 years old are free) and you can purchase for the day you want to attend or get a weekend pass.

Time Travel to Upper Canada Village

Step back in time and visit Upper Canada Village. They are open daily from 9:30 am until 5 pm, and on the weekend of July 16th are hosting a special reenactment of the War of 1812. But you don’t need a special event or reason to visit (although the baked bread in the bakery may be reason enough). Learn about life in an 1860s village as you stroll the grounds.

Don’t Miss Planet Ice: Mysteries of the Ice Ages

Having just arrived in May, this exhibit will only be around until September so this is a good time to check out the special Planet Ice: Mysteries of the Ice Ages exhibit at the Canadian Nature Museum. While you are there, browse the other family-favourite exhibits too.

Watch Shakespeare in the Park

A Company of Fools returns to a park near you this summer for a performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. These family-friendly events are happening throughout July (and into August). Check the calendar to find a location near you, bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the show. The performance has a pass-the-hat admission at the event.

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